John Abraham Heraud was born in London, the son of a law stationer; he was privately educated. After getting his start as a law-clerk he began writing for the magazines in 1818 and was a champion of Schelling's aesthetics in England. Heraud was a protege of Robert Southey, with whom he corresponded for many years. He wrote for the Quarterly Review and edited for Fraser's Magazine (1830-33) and the Monthly Magazine (1839-42), as well as contributing to the Athenaeum.
The legend of St. Loy, with other poems. 1820.
Tottenham: a poem. 1820.
The legend of St. Loy ... with additions. 1825.
The descent into hell: a poem. 1830.
The judgement of the flood. 1834.
An oration on the death of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Esq. 1834.
Substance of a lecture on poetic genius as a moral power. 1837.
The Roman brother: a tragedy. 1840.
The present position of the dramatic poet in England. 1841.
The life and times of Girolamo Savonarola. 1843.
Videna, or, The mother's tragedy a legend of early Britain. 1854.
Shakspere: his inner life as intimated in his works. 1865.
The wreck of the London: a lyrical ballad. 1866.
The war of ideas: a poem, 1871.
Uxmal: an antique love story; Macee de Leodepart: an historical romance. 1877.
Medea the enchantress: a tragic play in three acts. 1878.